Nicolaus Copernicus Polish-German Research Award
The Copernicus Award is donated by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP). It awards outstanding achievements in German-Polish cooperation.
The purpose of the award is to give a distinction to the individuals most active in Polish-German scientific cooperation who have made exceptional research achievements as a result of that cooperation.
Candidates are academics who have at least a doctoral degree, work at a Polish or German academic institutions.
Candidates shall be leaders of research teams, engaged in ongoing research projects. Moreover, candidates should not hold management positions that conflict with their research activities.
Candidates are expected to have rendered outstanding services to German-Polish cooperation, bringing together complementary skills, expertise, and resources in order to jointly address research problems. Results of such joint cooperation shall have a potential to open new perspectives in their respective research fields or other domains and provide an exceptional contribution towards the advancement of both nations.
The award is granted biannually to academics on the basis of a competition, irrespective of their field of science.
The value of the award is 200 000 euro (100 000 euro for each of two recipients). An award-winner from Poland receives:
- 20 000 euro as an individual prize,
- 80 000 euro as a subsidy part of the award.
Candidates may be nominated by researchers holding a doctoral degree who are employed at a Polish or German academic institution. Self-nominations shall be considered.
Nominations shall be submitted in English according to instructions published on the DFG’s or FNP’s websites..
Award winners are selected by a Jury appointed jointly by DFG and FNP. The Jury consists of permanent jury members and associate jury members.
Among permanent members of the Jury of the Copernicus Award are:
- Prof. Immo Fritsche [Institute of Psychology, Leipzig University] – deputy chair of the Jury
- Prof. Bernd Büchner [Institute for Solid State Research, IFW Dresden]
- Prof. Paweł Idziak [Theoretical Computer Science, Jagiellonian University]
- Prof. Maria Mittag [Institute of General Botany and Plant Physiology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena]
- Prof. Marek Samoć [Faculty of Chemistry, Wrocław University of Science and Technology]
In order to cover all fields of science represented by the candidates in the given contest, up to four associate jury members may be appointed jointly by DFG and FNP.
CALL CLOSING DATE
The deadline elapsed on 9 July 2019.
Upcoming calls for proposals
The award is granted once every two years. Next call will be announced in the second half of 2021.
The award is a joint venture of the Foundation for Polish Science and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
- The first competition took place in 2006, and the COPERNICUS award ceremony was held on 2 May 2006 in Max Liebermann Haus in Berlin.
- The second edition of the competition took place in 2008. The award ceremony was held on 14 May 2008 in the Old Orangerie (Łazienki Park in Warsaw).
- The third edition of the competition was adjudicated in 2010. The award was conferred on 10 May 2010 in Berlin, in the Leibniz Hall of Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
- The fourth edition of the competition was adjudicated in 2012. The award was conferred on 17 September 2012 in Warsaw, in the Palace on the Isle in Royal Lazienki.
- The fifth edition of the competition was adjudicated in 2014. The award was conferred on 10 September 2014 in Berlin, in the Leibniz Hall of Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
- The sixth edition of the competition was adjudicated in 2016. The award was conferred on 7 June 2016 in Warsaw, in the Palace on the Isle in Royal Lazienki.
- The seventh edition of the competition was adjudicated in 2018. The award was conferred on 25 November 2018 at the Charité Museum of Medical History in Berlin.
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